Demonstrating its ongoing commitment to the development of natural gas vehicle adoption in Finland, Gasum Ltd will open an LCNG filling station intended particularly for heavy-duty vehicles close to the busy Port of Turku in late September 2016. Located by Tuontiväylä road, it will be Turku’s first gas filling station constructed in the immediate vicinity of the port.
Gasum explains the demand for clean and affordable road fuel gas is increasing sharply. Opportunities to switch to gas as a road fuel are further improved by the expanding supply of gas vehicles and the growing station network. Compressed natural gas (CNG) is currently used to fuel buses, cars and vans in Finland.
Gasum applied for ‘Connecting Europe Facility’ support to explore the opportunities to construct an LNG/LCNG refueling station network and the deployment of four pilot stations intended specifically for heavy-duty vehicles in Turku, Helsinki, Vantaa and Jyväskylä. The EU support grant of €2.65 million (USD 3m) makes it possible to also provide heavy-duty vehicles with access to natural gas in its liquefied form (LNG). The support accounts for 50% of the total investment.
The project contributes to the TEN-T Core Network, the implementation of the objectives of Directive 2014/94/EU in Finland and the development of the market for alternative propulsion systems in road transport. The infrastructure being constructed will also enable the use of liquefied renewable natural gas (biomethane) in heavy-duty transport in the future.
Emissions from vehicles running on natural gas are lower than those from gasoline and diesel. Gasum biogas is 100% renewable and 100% Finnish and the only road fuel sold in Finland that has been awarded the ‘Made in Finland’ Key Flag Symbol as well as the Nordic Ecolabel. Gas is also an inexpensive transport fuel.
Gasum is actively developing the biogas and natural gas filling station network and aims to increase the number of Gasum-owned stations by 35 new stations in the next ten years.
(Source: Gasum Ltd)